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Mom Goals: Mastering the Mini-Goal

When it comes down to making things happen, mom goals are a must.

But have you ever gotten stuck with effective goal setting for yourself?  Maybe you’ve planned something truly epic or awe-inspiring, but then weren’t quite sure what to do next?

That’s why I always stick to a mini-goal

Now, don’t get me wrong:  there is absolutely nothing wrong with setting elaborate and lofty plans for yourself, but the real beauty is in the mini-goal.  Even Forbes believes thinking small is the secret to big success.

And, as far as I’m concerned, mini-goals and mom goals go hand-in-hand.

If you need a little pick-me-up and some cute-as-pie motivation on your way to goal setting, you just might consider adding these little plants to your home decor. You can thank me later.

Small plants for motivation

So, what IS a mini-goal?

Simply stated, a mini-goal is just a smaller version of your larger focus.

Are you hoping to lose 15 pounds?  Well, then your mini-goal might be to squeeze in 3 workouts this week

Notice, your goal isn’t to exercise 3 times EVERY week – just 3 times this week.  It is associated with your larger goal to take care of your body, but it’s a smaller piece of the puzzle.

Your mini-goal is small and attainable.  It simply focuses on the week ahead.  No matter how tempting it may be to plan for something that is 10 months from now, the mini-goal is effective because it only looks at the next 7 days.

Mini-goals are a fantastic way to take control and to feel capable when planning your week.

Mom Goals:  Mastering the Mini-Goal


Often, mini-goals naturally lead to effective goal setting because of their inherently short timeline.  In order to add extra value to these mom goals, be sure to use the S.M.A.R.T. system:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Relevant
  • Time-based

Be very clear when setting your weekly goals, so that you can be successful in their completion.

Instead of making a goal to “eat healthier,” – make your mini-goal that you will “make all dinners at home this week”. 

Now, you’ve created a S.M.A.R.T. mini-goal that follows the appropriate protocol and can be completed in a short time-frame.  This makes it much more likely that you will stick with your plan, since you only need to commit for 1 week at a time.

Remember, your goal is for this week.  That’s it.  What can you do this week?

Make a List of Goals to Set For Yourself

Now that you’re familiar with the idea of a both a mini-goal and the S.M.A.R.T. system, it’s time to make a list of goals to set for yourself.

First, you need to decide on your big picture goal.  What is your major focus for the next 3-, 6-, or even 12-months?  (Don’t panic.  Just write it down.)

Do you have a health-related goal?  A financial goal?  A personal development goal?

Goals can truly go in any direction as they relate to you and your mindset in the moment!  But make that list of goals to set for yourself now!

Then, put it some place in your house where you can see it constantly!  (Pro-Tip:  A lot of our readers love the bathroom mirror for this!)

Think about these categories!  What are your goals in:

  • Health?
  • Finances?
  • Career?
  • Parenting?
  • Personal Development?
  • Family?
  • Spirituality?
  • Fun?

As you pass by the list of goals you set for yourself, you can begin to brainstorm what your mini-goals might look like on a (much) smaller scale.


  • I want to make more time for friends.


  • I will have a girls’ night and a couples’ breakfast once a month.


  • This week, I will go on a Wednesday morning walk with Kelsey and we will have the Martin family over for a Sunday BBQ.

Breaking down these bigger plans makes your mom goals more doable – and that helps to put everything in perspective.  You can feel accomplished, because you’re taking steps toward your big goal, without feeling bombarded while doing it.

I highly recommend focusing on only 1 or 2 categories at a time, though!  I think any more than that and it all becomes overwhelming.  (It’s okay to want to improve, but remember you’re perfect as you are already!)

What Are Your Non-Negotiables?

Speaking of overwhelming, when things get to be too much – it’s a good idea to have a “backup plan” that helps to keep you in line with your mom goals without going overboard.

When you are setting weekly goals, consider what your non-negotiables are, as well.  What are the important things that you absolutely have to get done?

SO, what are your non-negotiables?  These items are on your personal GOAL to-do list and cannot be forgotten no matter what.

For me, my non-negotiables are usually water consumption (I’m crazy about the stuff, so hydration is easy for me), my daily step count, and some wind-down reading time before bed.  So, no matter what else is happening in my chaotic life, those three items can get ticked off the list.

If you need some extra motivation to get your own hydration in check, this motivational water bottle has your name (and bunches of encouragement) ALL OVER IT.

Daily hydration goals

You might find that your non-negotiables include 8 hours of quality sleep or 30 minutes of daily exercise.  Maybe you absolutely have to get in some prayer time in the morning or a 15 minute phone call with your Mom each afternoon.

No matter what, these non-negotiables have to work for you, because these are the goals you will keep throughout the very worst storms. 

If life gets crazy and all of your mini-goals have to be pushed aside, your non-negotiables will keep you afloat until you’re back on track.

Mom Goals: In Essence

And those are the real pillars for setting weekly goals that can seriously rock.

  • Use effective goal setting (i.e. The S.M.A.R.T. system)
  • Establish a list of goals to set for yourself
  • Translate those BIG goals down to mini-goals
  • Keep your non-negotiables in mind
  • Kick your mom goals’ butt


What about you?  What mini-goal are you committing to this week? 

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About the Author

The Merry Kate

Katie Johansen is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with her M.A.Ed in Children’s Literature.  She spent 6 years as an elementary school teacher in South Florida before transitioning to stay-at-home #momlife.  Now, it’s all things PB&J – with an extra large cup of coffee on the side.

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